Telehealth Buzz

Significant Telehealth Growth Coming? Study Offers Predictions

Since its inception, telehealth has continued to slowly and steadily grow in its usage throughout the world.  And according to a study (released earlier this year) from researchers at InMedica, the next few years will bring a massive increase in utilization—particularly driven by the spread of remote patient monitoring.  As reported by Information Week, the […]

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Increased Availability of Telemedicine Services for Veterans?

The list of telemedicine-related legislation introduced in Congress this year is continuing to grow.  As first reported by California’s Lake County News and others, less than a month after the introduction of the Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013 by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), Thompson, along with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), has […]

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New Precedent in Patient Data Breach Lawsuits?

In a year during which large-scale health care data breaches have been in the news more than once, a recent Florida court decision may have set an important precedent for future breach lawsuits.  As Becker’s Hospital Review reported, the insurer AvMed, Inc. and plaintiffs whose data was stolen in a 2009 breach have reached an […]

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CTeL Prescribing Survey: When Should A Prescription Be Provided?

A frequent question that we receive at The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) centers around the issue of prescribing of non-controlled substances through telemedicine. When should a prescription be provided to a patient? The questions come to us in a number of different delivery methods: Can we prescribe through a […]

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Consult Your Child’s Pediatrician by Email? Reimbursement Issues Remain

Given the multitasking most American parents are forced to do on a daily basis, it only seems logical that the option of reaching out to their children’s pediatricians by e-mail when small injuries or illnesses arise would be welcome.  But as a new study of American pediatricians and parents shows, most physicians are still reluctant, […]

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Telemedicine in Maryland: More Options for Medicaid Patients

Add Maryland to the list of states expanding their telemedicine programs.  Until this year, options for Medicaid patients seeking treatment through telemedicine were somewhat limited, as Maryland’s Medicaid program only provided reimbursement for telepsychiatry services.  Now, following the passage of new legislation, patients will be able to receive reimbursable treatment for stroke and heart disease, […]

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Out of State Consulting with Maryland Physicians? New Law Facilitates It

For providers—including those utilizing telemedicine—who are seeking to provide consultation to providers or patients in different states, the lengthy and complex licensure process often proves to be a stumbling block.  However, one state has recently taken steps to make the process somewhat easier. As noted in a Maryland Board of Physicians quarterly newsletter, legislation signed […]

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Proposal Would Expand Telemedicine Usage and Reimbursement

In a year that has already seen the introduction of two significant telehealth-related bills in the United States Congress—not to mention a number of legislative developments at the state level—a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives has drafted yet another comprehensive legislative proposal. As previously reported by iHealth Beat and others, […]

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$16 Million Privacy Lawsuit Against UCLA Health is Unsuccessful

For a hospital or other health care organization that has experienced a large-scale data breach, one of the many potential negative consequences would be a lawsuit—particularly given laws, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), that allow for punitive measures to be taken when patient privacy is put at risk. But a recent […]

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Telemedicine Examinations. Face to Face Two Way Video?

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) recently provided coverage of a story regarding an action by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision against a physician for prescribing controlled substances where Skype was used as the medium for the examination. The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) provided extensive […]

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